Let me give you a little background information. When we adopted our two girls we met another girl that we tried to adopt at the same time. Unfortunately, the director would not approve three and we could not do it. So we hosted this girl we call Karina, we hosted her three weeks one Christmas, and two months one summer. We had every intention of adopting her but there were roadblocks that made adopting her at that time something we could not complete. I would prefer not to go into all the reasons why because there were many as there always is with international adoptions. In the meantime God gave us peace about it and brought Lena to our attention in a mighty way and one that we could not ignore. We praise him for Lena and for her laughter that lights up our lives.
We both prayed for Karina everyday and then she got a letter to us a few weeks ago and it broke our hearts. We don't know how we are going to do it but we feel if God wants us to go back we are willing. So if anyone has any good fund raising ideas we would definitely be interested. We have the room, the time and the heart, but like most people we just don't have 20,000 dollars laying around. We did fund raising for our last adoption and raised over half of our money. This time we would have to fundraise most of it. Please pray for us and for Karina she is going to be 15 in March and we very much want to make her part of our family we have a year to get her out before she turns 16.
The girls are fine with it we all cried after we got her letter. They have soft hearts even though after they got here initially Alesa and Julia really didn't want us to adopt any more. They have seen the benefits of having a big family, the more love to pass around. Lena is most enthuiastic about it maybe because she knows how close she came to aging out. She only had less than 3 months when we adopted her before it would have been too late and eventually she would have ended up on the streets and worse.
Our blog will now become focused on getting Karina home.
I have to end by telling you a funny story. I still marvel at the things that amaze our teens and that our other kids took for granted. We were cooking (in case you can't tell we do a lot of that and our kitchen is the center of activity) well Zhenya, Alesa, Lena and Julia were all milling about when I pulled out the food processor which I do not use much at all because I use a hand chopper. I put the carrots in and turned it on, and I wish I could have captured the look of wonder on their faces. Here I have this big muscular 18 year old lining up to take his turn at pulsing the carrots. I look over from where I am stirring something at the stove and they are all gathered around this thing like a space ship just landed and they are ohhing and ahhing with each turn of the blade. It would have made a precious picture, but I don't know if it could have captured the pure unadulterated joy of wonder and amazement on their precious faces. It however will be forever etched in my memory and it reinforces all the reasons why we have adopted four teens and want to go for one more. Any of you out there thinking about doing older ones trust me you still get so many baby, toddler and beyond moments.
Some are not so funny like when our trash can had a terrible smell so I told the kids to wipe it out and spray Lysol down in the can. I heard Zhenya in his heavy accent yelling "Alesa stop, stop now" several times. I go in the kitchen and there is my 16 year old daughter with all the food sitting out spraying everything including her brother and giggling like it was the funniest thing in the world. She did not understand why I didn't laugh!
There are many moments when I do laugh and probably not as often as I should. I can't wait to meet God face to face I know that he is going to have a wonderful sense of humor I mean after all who gave us the gift of laughter.